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HOUSTON — An established law firm leader with 25 years of executive
management experience, the majority of it with three major law firms, has joined
Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P as the global firm’s new executive director. The
firm also has appointed partners to serve as new heads of its offices in Austin,
Texas, and Denver.
James K. Dixon joins Fulbright from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, where he
served as the chief of practice development and held other senior administrative
positions. Jack Vaughan, the firm’s long-time administrative partner, remains
with the firm to support the transition and provide advice on a number of areas
of importance to the firm, including tax and risk-management.
In Austin, Butch Hayes is the office’s new partner-in-charge, taking over for
Terry Tottenham, who will continue as of counsel to the firm while serving this
year as the president of the State Bar of Texas. In Denver, Poe Leggette
replaces as partner-in-charge Jeff Dykes, who also will serve in an of counsel
Dixon will oversee the complete range of administrative departments. He will
operate out of Houston and Washington, D.C., while spending a significant
portion of his time in the firm’s 14 other domestic and international
Among those Dixon will be working closely with are the firm’s
partners-in-charge, including Hayes in Austin and Leggette in Denver.
Hayes oversees nearly 90 lawyers and more than 100 staff members working in
Fulbright’s Austin office, where the firm has a strong intellectual property
practice and does a full array of legal work ranging from litigation to
corporate, regulatory and transactional work for a diverse range of industries,
including the health care, insurance, information technology, energy,
semiconductor, real estate and development and biotech industries.
Hayes primarily handles employment and business litigation ranging from
employment discrimination to shareholder derivative to trade secret and employee
raiding suits. He advises clients on a range of employment and business issues
and has tried dozens of matters, in various jurisdictions, with a particular
emphasis on federal court practice.
In Denver, Leggette will oversee lawyers in the firm’s Denver office, which
opened in 2006. Lawyers in the office regularly provide litigation services and
energy regulatory and transactional services to domestic and international
companies doing business in the Rocky Mountain region.
Leggette heads the firm’s Western Lands and Energy Practice and regularly
counsels oil and gas and wind energy companies on obtaining and operating leases
on federal and Indian lands. He also defends oil and gas companies accused of
violating the False Claims Act.
Leggette has been involved in many significant cases at the trial, appellate
and Supreme Court levels regarding ownership of mineral rights, royalty disputes
and compliance with environmental statutes.
Founded in 1919, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P is a leading full-service
international law firm with nearly 1,000 lawyers in 16 locations in Austin,
Beijing, Dallas, Denver, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles,
Minneapolis, Munich, New York, Riyadh, San Antonio, St. Louis and Washington,
D.C. For more information, visit www.fulbright.com.